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How do you find a missing actress in a city where everyone's playing a role? `FABULOUS!' Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand `Scintillating' Observer `Vibrant and atmospheric' Daily Express Soho. 1965, When an American actress disappears from the Galaxy Theatre, her young dresser, Anna Treadway is determined to find out what happened to her. Anna's search will lead her through a London she barely knew existed: a city of reggae clubs and back street doctors, of dangerous prejudice and unexpected allies. She is aided by a disparate group of emigres, each carrying secrets of their own. But before she can discover the truth about Iolanthe, Anna will need to open herself - to her past, her present and the possibility of love.
How do you find a missing actress in a city where everyone's playing a role?A mystery, a love-story and a darkly beguiling tale of secrets and reinvention set in 1960s London.`FABULOUS!' Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last StandA STYLIST MOST EXCITING NEW READ OF JANUARY 2017
How do you find a missing actress in a city where everyone's playing a role?A mystery, a love-story and a darkly beguiling tale of secrets and reinvention set in 1960s London.`FABULOUS!' Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last StandA STYLIST MOST EXCITING NEW READ OF JANUARY 2017Soho, 1965.In a tiny two-bed flat above a Turkish cafe on Neal Street lives Anna Treadway, a young dresser at the Galaxy Theatre.When the American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after an evening's performance at the Galaxy, the newspapers are wild with speculation about her fate.But as the news grows old and the case grows colder, it seems Anna is the only person left determined to find out the truth.Her search for the missing actress will take her into an England she did not know existed: an England of jazz clubs and prison cells, backstreet doctors and seaside ghost towns, where her carefully calibrated existence will be upended by violence but also, perhaps, by love.For in order to uncover Iolanthe's secrets, Anna is going to have to face up to a few of her own...
We buy food we can point to. We stalk the streets until rush hour and wait for the little hatches to open in the sides of restaurants. From the steamy openings, cooks in overalls sell jiaozi (dumplings) and bowls of thick, sticky, white congee - an unholy cross between soup and porridge. Baozi, steamed white buns, are light as air. I buy them filled with water spinach and nettle - delicious dipped in sharp, black Chinese vinegar. In 2008, Miranda and her partner set off for one last big adventure before settling down. They chose to travel through South-East Asia. All did not go to plan: Asian flu, falling off boats and the general chaos of a life abroad challenged them at every step, and yet, in the midst of it all, they fell in love with the culture and culinary delights of China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.
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